Nokia has just announced via their official Nokia Conversations blog that they’re going to release a pink variant of the N8. When exactly it’ll hit the market, and more importantly which version of Symbian will be onboard, was not mentioned, which is about as big of a PR blunder as you can make. The images that Nokia provide of the pink N8 show that it’s running Anna, the marketing name for what’s essentially the UI refresh to Symbian^3 that was first talked about back in November 2010. Let us remind you that we’re currently in May 2011, half a year after Jo Harlow, Executive Vice President of Smart Devices at Nokia, opened her mouth and talked about how the new portrait QWERTY keyboard and web browser in Anna would make Symbian an awesome platform again … so where exactly is it?
Failure to ship software on time aside, we’re actually big fans of the Nokia N8 if you take it for what it is: a camera that can also make calls, send text messages, and connect to the internet, albeit rather awkwardly. We’re not going to lie, it’s a pain in the butt to use Symbian, and the web browser is appallingly bad, which is an absolute shame since Nokia was the first company to shove a full feature browser on a mobile phone, but the 12 megapixel sensor inside the N8 captures stunning photos and even more impressive is the 720p video recording. Check out the latest episodes of The Phones Show from our friend Steve Litchfield of All About Symbian to get an idea of the type of quality you can expect.
Curiously enough, Nokia doesn’t say the pink N8 is for girls, but they do mention that there is an ELLE fashion app on board, along with a “Little Pink Diva” theme. We’ll let you come to your own conclusions.